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"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight
to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

El Trumpo Continues His Hissy Fits

A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden’s victory and could disrupt the transfer of power.

The administrator of the General Services Administration, the low-profile agency in charge of federal buildings, has a little-known role when a new president is elected: to sign paperwork officially turning over millions of dollars, as well as give access to government officials, office space in agencies and equipment authorized for the taxpayer-funded transition teams of the winner.

It amounts to a formal declaration by the federal government, outside of the media, of the winner of the presidential race.

But by Sunday evening, almost 36 hours after media outlets projected Biden as the winner, GSA Administrator Emily Murphy had written no such letter.

Butt-Monkey Barr has given the DoJ the green light to investigate fraud if any is found to exist:

Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, if they exist, before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite no evidence of widespread fraud.

Barr’s action comes days after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump and raises the prospect that Trump will use the Justice Department to try to challenge the outcome. It gives prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election is certified. ... On Monday night, the Justice Department’s top prosecutor for election crimes, Richard Pilger, said he would step down from that post in response to the attorney general’s memo, according to an email he sent to colleagues and obtained by the AP.

Meanwhile, even Fox News has had enough with Trump's lies:

Moments into a Trump campaign press conference on Monday afternoon at which White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany charged that Democrats were “welcoming fraud” and “illegal voting,” Fox News host Neil Cavuto had heard enough.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, I just think we have to be very clear. She’s charging the other side is welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting,” Cavuto said, interrupting the video feed of the briefing, which McEnany said she was conducting in her “personal capacity” rather than in her official White House role. “Unless she has more details to back that up I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this. I want to make sure that maybe they do have something to back that up, but that’s an explosive charge to make — that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating.”

I have varying feelings about this. On the one hand, Trump is ginning up the paaranoia and frothing of those elements of his base that are batshit crazy. We'll see more protest by Trumpist lunatics with guns. Trump and his base are doing the work of the Chinese and of the Russians, both of whom like nothing better than to see Americans tear down their own institutions.

Think of that: If you are one of those parroting baseless claims of fraud, you are one of Putin's useful idiots.

On the other hand, what Trump is doing, right now, is sealing his historical legacy as one of the worst presidents in American history. The spirits of Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon and Warren Harding are smiling and saying to one another: "Hey, even we weren't as bad as that guy."

11 comments:

Unknown said...

You forgot GW Bush!

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

@Unknown @ 10:01 AM:

To misquote Leonard McCoy, "He's not dead, Jim."

Ten Bears said...

G"AWOL"W certainly had a smirk on his face the other night.

Not often one outlives their legacy.

Tod Germanica said...

But her emails! Bengazhi!
I notice the Republican slime machine continues to call us Democrats child molesters, rapists, murderers, cannibals and, seriously, demons. Straight out of the 19th century Russian racist concoction, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
There is no corresponding degree of calumny, accusations of vile acts and foreign (Russian) propaganda parroting on the Democratic side. Demons? It is 2020 and we are demons? Eat shit and die Republican Trumpites for life. Follow your dim god's words and actions and live a short one.
The GOP must die the same death as the Whig Party and demographics are the weapon we will use to kill it.

Eck! said...

There is a distinct need to bring the cult of Drumpf members back
to reality and get them to stop repeating every inane thing they
hear. Soon as they stop echoing eachones random thoughts the
better off they will be.

As to claim of voter fraud. The rethugs of certain states have been
playing that game for years while doing voter fraud and vote suppression
and sometimes getting caught at it.

That leads me to will the find all fraud or only the other guys fraud.
Methinks it will be only the other guys, because their credibility would
be shot otherwise.

Eck!

DTWND said...

To paraphrase Trevor Noah, it is incomprehensible that the Democrats with all their sly, underhanded, cheating tactics would stoop to swinging the election to Joe Biden for President, and yet not use those same tactics to win the Senate and not lose seats in the House.

The brain hoops that the Republicans jump through to rationalize the loss is astounding.

Dale

Ward said...

> The brain hoops that the Republicans jump through to rationalize the loss is astounding.

I don't find it astounding, it's the same willful stupidity they displayed about Covid. Trump said "Covid is nothing," and his fervent followers all turned off their brains and echoed "Covid is nothing." You've seen it here in the comments from B that "Covid is no worse than the seasonal flu," and from anyone who says that masks don't help.

When it comes to the votes, it's often literally the same ballots that gave Biden the Presidential win and some Republican a different one, but somehow it's fraud for one but not the other.

Ten Bears said...

In the spirit of turning it back in their faces, in stepping off the curb and into the gutter and play the game by their rules, I'm all for an audit. A UN supervised audit of the Kentucky vote. An audit of South Carolina, Alaska, Utah, anywhere one of those people "won". I have no doubt "fraud" will be found, as it has in the past: committed by a reich-winger, a NAZI, by some brain-dead "christian conservative". Meth-heads. All those states' elections stink, there's just something not quite right about 'em, the numbers just don't add up; the vote needs to be recounted, by hand, under UN supervision.

If they got nothing to hide ...

bmq215 said...

But Ten Bears, a UN audit would clearly be rigged against President-for-life Trump. Likewise one done by any other independent group. In fact, the only way it can be done fairly is if it's conducted solely by GOP officials or appointees.

...you'd think those kind of thoughts would trigger some sort of internal warning bell but nope, the Right seems to keep calling for full steam ahead. This is gonna be one for the history books :p

Frank Wilhoit said...

@Tod Germanica: "...demographics are the weapon we will use to kill it...." If demographics is a weapon, education is the ammunition: and we have none. (They don't either, but they don't care.)

Tod Germanica said...

Too true, Frank Wilhoit, declining educational standards and Fox News have stupified thought in the US. I have no solution. But thankfully the Greatest Gen and us Boomers are dwindling and the younger cohorts are not phased by being called socialists or communists. In the face of a declining empire and economy and saddled by backbreaking student debt, a Euro style mixed economy looks pretty good to the kids. Better than a dead end job and lifelong debt you can never repay.